Kurds will find it hard to implement independence, says Iraqi foreign minister
Sep 15 2017
Western powers are anxious that the referendum in the semi-autonomous Kurdish region of Iraq, which includes the oil-rich city of Kirkuk, may divert attention from the war against the Islamic State.
The EU also declared its support for the territorial integrity of Iraq while the US and Kurdish opposition Goran Movement demanded the postponement of the referendum.
The non-binding referendum will see residents of northern Iraq's Kurdish region controlled by KRG to vote on whether or not to declare formal independence from Baghdad.
All Kurdish legislators boycotted Thursday's session, while Arab parliamentarians voted in favour of Karim's deposition, he said.
A Foreign Ministry statement released on September 14 also welcomed the Iraqi parliament vote that rejected the planned Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) referendum on September 25 as unconstitutional, reported Hurriyet Daily.
Ankara has warned Iraq's autonomous Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) that there will be a "price to pay" for its insistence on holding an independence referendum later this month, calling on the administration in Arbil to think again.
The ministry said it welcomed the decision made by the Iraqi parliament, adding that their vote was a "clear indicator of importance attached to Iraq's political unity and territorial integrity".
Jaafari said the global community must offer financial and other support to Iraq for the rebuilding of Mosul and other cities retaken from Islamic State.
Kalin on Thursday said: "There will absolutely be consequences for this referendum decision", without elaborating further. But the statement said Israel "supports the legitimate efforts of the Kurdish people to attain a state of its own". He explained that the law for the Iraqi provincial election passed in 2008 stipulated that Kirkuk, unlike the rest of the Iraqi provinces, would not come under the authority of the office of the Iraqi Prime Minister.
The Kurds are spread across the region, with large populations in Iraq, Syria, Turkey and Iran.